HP500

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  1. Yes, it is an attached garage. Good idea, thanks!
  2. I live in the northeast and it will be relatively cold here for the next 4 months or so. I don't have a shop, so I wheel all of my equipment from the garage out to driveway and back again. I would like to use my new propane forge in the garage throughout the winter in the evenings after work and when the weather is bad. I have a two car garage and can forge with at least one of the large doors open. I can also get a cross breeze if I open the back man door. I assume that this will be enough ventilation to prevent CO poisoning, but I'd like to install a CO detector just to be sure. The problem is, all of the CO detectors I've found have a minimum temperature rating of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. We won't see temps above that here until April. Does anyone know of a low temp CO detector? I came up empty with an online search. Thanks.
  3. Have you decided on a design yet? If not, take a good look at Wayne Coe's build information.
  4. Yup, that is a bounce house blower. I wasn't sure how well it would work, but I found it at a garage sale for $5 so I gave it a shot. It seems to work well. This is my first gas forge, so I'm still learning how to use it. I haven't tried forge welding yet, but I hope to in the next week or so. When I played around with the gas pressure and air flow settings while testing, I was able to get a piece of angle iron to start to melt, so I should be ok.
  5. I've been using 1.5" x 1/4" x 10.5 long mild steel and forge welding in a piece of 5160 for the bit. It works for me.
  6. I recently completed a ribbon burner forge based on the Wayne Coe design and bought the build supplies from Wayne. My forge is very efficient. I have a 0-30 high pressure regulator and I'm forging at less than 2 psi. In fact, once the forged gets up to temperature, I can turn the gas off at the regulator, crack it open again just enough for the forge to re-light itself and just keep the flow there. I don't know what the psi is at that point because this gauge doesn't register, but I'm guessing I'm at or below 1 psi. I've used the forge about a dozen times so far and have barely used any propane.
  7. I built mine so I can reach into the opening with a pair of tongs with my forearm bent at 90 and parallel to the ground. I played around with different heights and that was comfortable for me
  8. I've also had very good luck with W1 square stock. It sparks like crazy.
  9. Very nice! What made you decide to move away from 5160?
  10. Can anyone recommend a resin for making Micarta that stays clear and won't darken your starting material after it drys?
  11. It is a wrapped eye design made from mild steel with a 5160 bit forge welded in and a Hickory handle. The grain on the handle wasn't very interesting, so I charred it in the forge and gave it a coating of Tung oil. Constructive criticism is welcome.
  12. Thanks MC Hammer, I appreciate the info. The rebound on this anvil is very good, at least 90%. I may try to post a video of it. My goal this weekend is to mount the anvil and to get some hot metal on it. Fortunately, the height is already perfect for me, but I will need to level out the stump just a tiny bit. I am really looking forward to putting it to the test.
  13. How did you apply the caulk? Did you cover the entire base of the anvil, just the perimeter, etc.?